"In 1903, The Great Train Robbery, the first dramatic film, was shot in America," continues Sundstrom. "This led to South Africa's first film, The Great Kimberly Diamond Robbery shot in 1910 and made by Springbok Films.
Aug 27 to trevormoses, me
Thanks for the email regarding The Great Kimberley Diamond Robbery, aka The Star Of The South. Regrettably, nothing of this film survives, no prints, stills, posters, video copies or anything of a related nature.Attached please find a chapter from my unpublished ms. Riding The High Wind which deals with the very early period in South African cinema.
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THE CINEMA HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA
COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY TREVOR T. MOSES
NATIONAL FILM, VIDEO AND SOUND ARCHIVES.
The Great Kimberley Diamond Robbery / The Star Of The South ~ South Africa’s first full-length feature film ~ is released by the Springbok Film Company.
Julia Sudykas text :
For my final work, I travelled to Kimberley with my tutor group. I had discovered that the first film ever filmed and produced in South Africa was named “The Great Kimberley Diamond Robbery” in 1910. Nothing exists of it- it is a lost film – save for the title. I decided it was time to make some sort of film for my final work. Punning the title, I created a character Kimberley Diamond and when we arrived in Kimberley, through collaboration, we had footage. We created a trailer as there was not enough footage and time. This was apt as I had set up Kimberley Diamond as a failure – this speaks back to the failure of translatability because there is no original to translate from. I perpetuated my character into production stills of films from the 30’s up until now and this is how I ended the year.